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Milk/food intake

Anonymous

How much food and milk should my 1yo be eating? I know before 1 food is for fun. We would do 2-3 “meals” a day. She would take anywhere from 2-4oz of baby food or half an avocado or egg about 1 hour after her bottle. Is milk still the primary source of food?

  • Anonymous
    May 06

    Have you asked your pediatrician? They have the best answers for this. But no, they should be eating 3 meals, and 2 to 3 snacks, plus milk. And what do you mean by milk? Cow's milk? Breast milk? Formula? They should be transferring to cows milk completely if on formula.

  • Jenn
    May 06

    My LO will be 1 in a week and a half. Currently she has 3 meals a day and usually 1 snack, along with 3 bottles (generally 16-18oz a day) of formula. We are slowly adding more cows milk to her formula to get her used to the taste so that at 1 she will be ready for just milk. My Ped told me that starting at 1 she should be getting about 16-24oz of milk a day along with the 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Here are some examples of a meal for her: Breakfast- scrambled egg with cheese and fruit or cinnamon bread with peanut butter and fruit; Lunch- pasta with tomato sauce, meatball, green beans, fruit; Dinner- cheese and spinach quesadilla, guacamole, 2oz of puree, fruit.

  • Anonymous
    May 07

    I’m just afraid that since she hasn’t been taking 3 meals of food/baby purées a day and just primarily formula we might have an issue. Should I slowly reduce the oz of formula/cows milk and increase the food intake? What is your food/milk schedule like? We usually give formula at 8, food at 10 then down for a nap, formula at 12, food at 2 (depending how tired she is) then down for a nap, formula at 4, food at 530 and then bedtime bottle at 730. Her bottles are still 7oz!

  • Jenn
    May 07

    We were told to switch food and formula at 9 months, meaning do food first, then formula. So our schedule is food at 6:30ish, formula at 8:30-9, food at 11:30, nap, formula around 2:30, food at 5, formula at 6:30, bed by 7. Her bottles vary depending on the time of day, but are around 5-8oz. 7oz is what I try to get in her. You may want to try giving her food first and then formula or milk if she is still hungry. Since she is 1 now, her primary source of nutrition should be food.

  • Anonymous
    May 07

    I still think you should talk to your pediatrician, but since you are giving her formula right after wake up it may be a comfort thing for her. I would try to transition formula to milk pouring in a little more milk and a little less formula for a week or so. Maybe try feeding her 1 hour after bottle instead of 2, and start with feeding her when ever you eat. Give a mix of finger foods and purees until she's full. My pediatrician also told us to ditch the bottle at 1 year, so if she's having a hard time transitioning off of having more milk than food, if you ditch the bottle it may help her want more of the food. Just play around with what works for you.